The New York premiere was last Monday, I just haven’t had a chance to post since then. Sorry. It was a huge success. I am so proud of this movie directed by Lee Daniels (“Precious“, “Paper Boy“) and starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
It is an moving (but also humorous), important slice of American history. One you’ll want to bring your whole family to see.
I knew it worked when, after a somber, very intense stretch of the story, there was something funny and the (large) audience roared with laughter. That’s the sort of sign that tells you they’re with you, they’ve hung in. In fact, I was surprised by how many laughs there are.
For me, Forest is the deepest, most soulful American actor alive and we see all of it here. He can express more with his eyes and the quiet set of his face than most can with histrionics.
Oprah disappears into her role as the Butler’s hard drinking, partying wife. I forgot altogether that it was the iconic ‘O’. Whew, she is good! So are the many amazing talents that people this film. John Cusack knocks it out of the park as President Nixon and that couldn’t have been an easy task. Liev Schreiber nails LBJ as does the amazing Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan. I could go on but I’ll just put up the photos from the other night.
The L.A. premiere is Monday night and Mary Williams will be with me. I am so looking forward to seeing the film with them. Mary’s recent book,” The Lost Daughter” told of her growing up in Oakland as a child of the Black Panthers and then coming to be part of my family. Oprah recently did a show about her book that she, Troy and I were on.
Then I did The Good Morning America Show and Jimmy Fallon and then flew to my ranch in New Mexico where I met up with Troy.
Gilbert Ortiz, my wonderful ranch manager for 13 years, died three days before and we wanted to be at his funeral. After the moving service in Pecos, his coffin was pulled by a team of two black horses to the cemetery on my ranch. I granted the local Catholic church an easement so they could continue to use this century old burial ground.